BARNSLEY'S new museum has got another fan to add to its growing list after a TV personality praised it.

Antiques expert Eric Knowles congratulated the town for creating ‘a living archive’ of its past, after visiting Experience Barnsley.

He was guided through the exhibits and display areas by Terry Sykes, a member of the Barnsley Town Hall-based attraction’s engagement trust.

The star of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow was shown interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to explore the people and places of the borough.

"Experience Barnsley has without question set the benchmark standard for all future regional museums," he said.

"It's skilfully woven into the present day by the inspirational use of modern-day technology."